Bobby W. Ferguson

Bobby Ferguson, a Detroit contractor and close friend of Kwame Kilpatrick. Ferguson allegedly obtained more than $58.5 million by extorting contractors and through other illegal conduct according to prosecutors. Ferguson, 43, spent a fraction of the money on his children’s college education, his girlfriend and construction equipment, according to federal court records. A 2008 Detroit News investigation showed Ferguson and his companies had received at least $170 million in city contracts — $109 million from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department alone — since Kilpatrick took office in 2002.

Aaron Olson
Aaron Olson is a User Experience Developer for The Detroit News. He is a 2010 graduate of Michigan State University and has interned for The Detroit News and The Miami Herald.